The irony. One listen to this record and my day had suddenly turned into a very good one. The Bad Day Blues Band burst onto the scene in 2017 by opening up for Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton at New York City’s famous Times Square. Over the past four years, they have maintained a gruelling live schedule to establish themselves as one of the most exciting, explosive and original sounding blues bands around.
Fast forward to 2021 and the unleashing of their highly anticipated debut album Table By The Wall. Recorded at London’s Abbey Road, their dedicated fanbase will be relieved to hear that the band’s high-octane energy and chemistry on stage has successfully transmitted to the studio. Coming out all guns blazing with a smoking cover of the Sam & Dave soul classic ‘”Hold On, (I’m Comin’)”, the barrage of harmonica and raw rock ‘n’ roll swagger is the perfect introduction to this unique brand of soul-drenched blues.
The title track “Table By The Wall” follows with the rasping voice of bass-playing lead vocalist Adam Rigg conjuring up black coffee (Sweet Mary Jane) aromas swirling over a groovy backbeat and ending with more virtuoso harmonica playing which in-turn ignites the frenetic “Burn it Down”. “Fatman” lives up to its reputation with a weighty riff and singalong gluttony straight out of the ’70s blues-rock mantra. This is a shoo-in to be a firm favourite with live audiences when shows are finally able to resume.
Next up is the cathartic warning of “Be Careful What You Wish For” which slows the pace of the album somewhat and features some tasty guitar licks from Nick Peck. Normality soon returns as we reach halfway territory through the heavy vigour of “Hurricane” and “The Hustler” which are sandwiched between yet more magic from harpist Sam Spranger with an inspired solo on “Stop”.
“Wandering Man” and “Jump” don’t springboard the album to even greater heights, but once again underline the fantastic musicianship and craftsmanship on display – the latter starting out in similar vein to ZZ Top’s “La Grange” before another fantastic riff turns up the pace. Closing with the penultimate track “Forget” and some superb interplay between Peck and Spranger, we are left with slow-burner “Luna Rooms” which halfway through is injected with the dynamism, blistering harmonica and big wail of vivacity that epitomises this excellent debut long-player.
Table By The Wall may have kept us waiting like naughty children, but it was certainly worth it. After all, sometimes it’s good to be bad.
The Review: 8/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Hold On, (I’m Comin’)
– Table By The Wall
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